My characters are not based on real people. Sometimes I wish that they were. But then, I would have to fictionalize them, which would make them not at all the same. Since that’s so, it’s probably best that they live only in my imagination.

I love inventing people. If I were a gamer, I would like the games where worlds of imaginary people are created. But wait – that ‘s what I do now. It’s just that my canvas is the page and not a set of animated renderings.

Once I know what every character wants, I throw them into a big free-for-all and record what happens as they each try to achieve their goals. Even if we all know that in the end, the hero and heroine get together, their journey isn’t predictable. I am always surprised to see the conflicts and alliances that the characters develop along the way. Those who read my stories are also surprised.

Isn’t that the way it should be?

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